OMAHA, Neb. – The Northern Michigan University volleyball squad (1-1) split its first day of action at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Invitational. NMU went five sets in both matches on the day. In its opening match the Wildcats lost to MSU-Moorhead (25-14, 22-25, 22-25, 25-14, 13-15). NMU defeated the host school in its evening match (20-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 16-14).
Against Moorhead the ‘Cats dominated the match statistically. As a team NMU had 64 kills to 51 for Moorhead and 59 assists to 48. NMU had four players with 12 or more kills for the match. Katt Garvick, Daniela Bezerra and Mandie Meyer each had 14 kills. Emma Wolfe added 12. Newcomer, Madeline Ogden had a match-high 50 assists to go along with her 12 digs. Breanne Zaremba had 21 digs on the defensive end. Cassie Osiecki added 16 digs while Meyer added 14. Garvick had both block solos for the match. NMU served up nine service aces for the match as Bezerra had six. Head coach Dominic Yoder thought his team played well and had chances to win.
In the night cap the ‘Cats dropped the first two sets to UNO before rattling off three straight. In the third set the ‘Cats were down 17-13 before taking seven of the next 10 points. NMU then was down 22-21 before rallying with the final four points to take the set. The fourth set the ‘Cats were in control before Bezerra came through in the final set for the win with the kills.
Meyer and Bezerra led the ‘Cats with 17 and 15 kills respectively. Ogden led the team with 46 assists and ended the day with 96. Osiecki and Zaremba each had 16 digs on the defensive end to lead the ‘Cats. Wolfe and Zaremba added three block assists each in the win.
NMU will face Minnesota-Crookston and Emporia State, Saturday in Omaha.
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